Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. FC Barcelona Lassa
· Barcelona holds a 9-6 record in the games between these teams this century after Efes beat Barcelona 75-68 in Game 1 on Wednesday.
· Vasilije Micic starred in Game 1 with a playoff career-high 21 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting plus 7 assists to pace the winners.
· These two teams split home wins this regular season. Barcelona registered an 80-65 victory in Round 15 as Pierre Oriola scored 14 points. In Round 25, Efes blasted Barcelona 92-70 behind 37 points from Shane Larkin.
· Barcelona matched its club best in the EuroLeague in points and set a club record in three-point shots made with 19 when it beat Efes 83-107 in Istanbul in March of last season.
· Efes recorded its team record in two-point shots made with 32 against Barcelona in October 2002.
· Efes set its playoff record with 12 three-pointers in its Game 1 victory.
· Efes forward Adrien Moerman played at Barcelona last season. He played under Coach Svetislav Pesic and was a teammate of most of the current Barcelona players.
· Barcelona point guard Thomas Heurtel played for Efes from 2015 to 2017; he was a teammate of Dogus Balbay and Bryant Dunston during his time there.
· Efes center Tibor Pleiss played at Barcelona during the 2014-15 season and was a teammate of Ante Tomic.
· Pleiss was a teammate of Heurtel for two seasons at Baskonia, from 2012 to 2014. Pleiss was also a teammate of Adam Hanga at Baskonia in the 2013-14 season.
· Barcelona's Kevin Pangos was a teammate of Efes point guard Vasilije Micic at Zalgiris Kaunas last season. They helped the team reach the 2018 Final Four.
· Vasilije Micic set a career-high in performance index rating with 30 in Game 1.
· Barcelona's Jaka Blazic and Hanga were teammates with the Efes backcourt duo of Rodrigue Beaubois and Shane Larkin at Baskonia during the 2016-17 season.
· Barcelona center Ante Tomic was a long-time teammate of Efes guard Krunoslav Simon, first with KK Zagreb where they both grew up, and with the Croatian national team, too.
· Shane Larkin set career-highs with 37 points and PIR 43, latter of which is also Efes club record, in Round 25 win over Barcelona, Larkin earned MVP of the Round honors for that performance.
· Larkin posted his career high in steals with 4 playing for KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz against Barcelona in January 2017.
· Barcelona forward Adam Hanga posted his EuroLeague career high in scoring with 20 for Baskonia against Efes in February 2017.
· Hanga set his career-high with 11 rebounds in Game 1.
· Tomic set his EuroLeague career high and a Barcelona club record in index rating with 40 and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds in Barcelona's 84-89 road win over Efes in February 2014. Tomic posted a career-high and matched a club record with 11 two-point shots made in that game, too.
· Efes big man Brock Motum posted his EuroLeague career-highs in scoring (26) and index rating (26) playing for Zalgiris Kaunas against Barcelona in November 2017.
· Victor Claver matched his career-high with 3 steals against Efes in November of last season.