Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul
· Real Madrid will be playing its 400th modern day EuroLeague game, joining six teams (CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona Lassa, Olympiacos Piraeus, KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens and Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv) with at least 400 games in the competition.
· Real Madrid has had the better of Efes, winning nine of their last 10 games including the last six. Overall Madrid leads the head-to-head series 20-6 over Efes this century. Madrid has won 11 consecutive games against Efes at home with Efes last's victory in the Spanish capital coming in January 2005.
· In Round 11, Madrid rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to edge Efes 82-84 behind Gustavo Ayon's 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ayon earned MVP of the round honors, accumulating a PIR of 34.
· Madrid ousted Efes with a 3-1 series win in the 2015 EuroLeague Playoffs. Rudy Fernandez averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in the series.
· Madrid big man Anthony Randolph and Efes guard Krunoslav Simon were teammates at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar during the 2014-15 season.
· Madrid guard Fabien Causeur and Efes center Tibor Pleiss were teammates at Baskonia for two seasons, from 2012 to 2014.
· Efes point guard Vasilije Micic and Madrid center Ognjen Kuzmic were teammates on the Serbian national team that won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2017.
· Fabien Causeur had a career-night playing for Brose Bamberg against Efes in December 2016. He scored a career-high 28 points and earned the MVP of the Round award with a personal best performance index rating of 35.
· Sergio Llull dished a career-high 12 assists against Efes in April 2015.
· Madrid big man Trey Thompkins set a career-high with 3 blocks playing for Nizhny Novgorod against Efes in November 2014.
· Jaycee Carroll tied a club record with 7 triples on 8 attempts against Efes in April 2007.
· Efes center Bryant Dunston was named the 2013-14 EuroLeague Playoffs Game 3 MVP when he played for Olympiacos Piraeus against Madrid. He set a career high with 21 points and added 9 rebounds and 4 assists for a performance index rating of 32.
· Madrid center Walter Tavares posted his career highs in index rating with 25, in points with 14 and in blocks with 4 against Efes in January of last season.
· Efes guard Rodrigue Beaubois posted a career-high 6 assists playing for Strasbourg against Madrid in November 2015.