2018-19Regular SeasonRound 7
November 16, 2018 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME.
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Records

4-2 Regular Season 4-2
4-2 Overall 4-2

Referees

Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA
Umpire 1
HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Umpire 2
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS

The Take

Istanbul will be the site for this exciting clash between two evenly matched teams with identical records. Efes comes off a come-from-behind win at Herbalife Gran Canaria in which Kruno Simon scored 18 points off the bench and Bryant Dunston posted a double-double among six Efes scorers in double figures. Panathinaikos bested archrival Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 6 with sixth man Lukas Lekavicius firing in 17 points. This game marks Efes's third home game of the season and Panathinaikos's third on the road. Both sides are 1-1 in the first two.

Marquee matchup

With Shane Larkin sidelined, Vasilije Micic will take the reins of the Efes attack and look to prove himself against one of the league's great point guards, Nick Calathes. Micic (10.3 ppg., 4.2 apg.) already stood out last week with 17 points and 4 assists and now he has a full week to prepare for this matchup. Calathes (11.2 ppg., 8.7 apg., 2.2 spg.) is the player all EuroLeague playmakers must measure themselves against and their head-to-head duel will have a major impact on the outcome of this game.

Interesting fact

Over the past decade, the home team is 12-2 in games between Efes and Panathinaikos. The only time the home team has lost was in Istanbul. Last season Erick McCollum missed a potential game-winner as the Greens walked away with an 81-82 victory with Nick Calathes narrowly missing a triple double. And in March 2014, Panathinaikos won 60-65 after overtime in Fragiskos Alvertis's head coaching debut.

Keys to victory: Efes

Efes has one of the most productive frontlines in the league so far this season with Adrien Moerman wreaking havoc at power forward and the duo of Bryant Dunston and Tibor Pleiss causing opponents first at center. Their ability to control the paint against the penetration of the Panathinaikos guards and to keep the Greens off the offensive glass will play big roles.

Keys to victory: Panathinaikos

Nearly every on the Panathinaikos roster is comfortable shooting from behind the arc – nine different players have made at least 2 so far, however, the team is lagging in its accuracy. Panathinaikos is ranked 13th in the league with a 31.8% success rate; Efes leads all teams at 46.0%. If the Greens get good looks for the likes of Matt Lojeski, Ioannis Papapetrou and DeShaun Thomas and can match Efes shot for shot, it would be a big boost for Coach Xavi Pascual's men.

Injury report

Shane Larkin is questionable for Efes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Euroleague.net
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 LARKIN, SHANE G 1.82 26
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE G 1.95 30
3 SAYBIR, YIGITCAN F 2.03 19
4 BALBAY, DOGUS G 1.85 29
6 BIRSEN, METECAN F 2.05 23
8 BATUK, BIRKAN F 1.96 28
10 BITIM, ONURALP G 1.96 19
12 MOTUM, BROCK F 2.08 28
15 SANLI, SERTAC C 2.12 27
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN F 2.02 30
19 TUNCER, BUGRAHAN G 1.93 25
21 PLEISS, TIBOR C 2.21 29
22 MICIC, VASILIJE G 1.96 24
23 ANDERSON, JAMES F 1.98 29
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT C 2.03 32
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV G 1.97 33
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN F 2.01 27
5 LANGFORD, KEITH G 1.93 35
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS C 2.20 21
7 LASME, STEPHANE C 2.03 35
9 SAKELLARIOU, EVANGELOS G 1.91 29
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS F 2.05 24
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS G 1.95 28
14 GIST, JAMES F 2.04 32
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN C 2.10 33
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS G 1.99 19
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.81 24
24 LOJESKI, MATT F 1.98 33
33 CALATHES, NICK G 1.96 29
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS F 2.00 26
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS F 2.10 22

Player Stats

Moerman, A. / 12.8 Beaubois, R. / 11.3 Pleiss, T. / 10.7
Calathes, N. / 11.2 Langford, K. / 10.5 Lojeski, M. / 10.3
Moerman, A. / 6.8 Pleiss, T. / 5.0
Micic, V. / 4.2 Beaubois, R. / 3.3 Larkin, S. / 3.0
Calathes, N. / 8.7
Moerman, A. / 1.5
Dunston, B. / 0.7 Balbay, D. / 0.5
2PT
Pleiss, T. / 75.0 % Moerman, A. / 61.9 % Beaubois, R. / 51.5 %
Langford, K. / 51.4 % Calathes, N. / 45.8 %
3PT
Anderson, J. / 75.0 % Micic, V. / 62.5 % Simon, K. / 45.5 %
Lojeski, M. / 41.7 % Papapetrou, I. / 41.7 % Thomas, D. / 41.2 %
PIR
Moerman, A. / 17.0 Pleiss, T. / 13.8 Micic, V. / 11.3

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
86.2 Points 86.3
32.3 Rebounds 32.8
8.5 O. Rebounds 11.7
23.8 D. Rebounds 21.2
18.0 Assists 17.2
5.2 Steals 8.0
2.3 Blocks 3.3
57.4 % 2PT 58.5 %
46.0 % 3PT 31.8 %
81.7 % FT 71.4 %
98.8 PIR 96.3

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
83.7 Points 80.8
30.3 Rebounds 35.2
10.3 O. Rebounds 12.7
20.0 D. Rebounds 22.5
19.5 Assists 18.0
8.3 Steals 5.2
1.8 Blocks 2.0
56.6 % 2PT 53.4 %
35.8 % 3PT 35.2 %
73.2 % FT 70.1 %
93.2 PIR 83.5

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Anadolu Efes - Panathinaikos OPAP is a classic derby game. We both have the same points before round 7. Our opponent has a wide rotation. Besides their scorer perimeter players like Nick Calathes, Keith Langford and Matt Lojeski, they also have tough and fighting players like James Gist and Stephane Lasme under the rim. They play consistent basketball and make a tough defense. By performing the same toughness, we want to put our own strategy on court and also with the great support and motivation of our fans, we want to be the winning team at the end of the game."
PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We know that Efes is one of the best offensive teams. They are the best from the arc this season, they have amazing quality. All their players can score and they have experienced bigs. They are having a great season because of this. We have to prepare the game well, we have to play good defense. But also we will have to play good offense because they are always close to or over 80 points."

Players

DUNSTON, BRYANT
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This game is very important for us. Playing against Panathinaikos is always difficult. They bring a lot of energy and they attack for an entire game. What will help us in this game is matching their energy on all of the effort plays and playing together in offense. We’re really hard to guard when all of our offensive options are clicking. Of course, the defense comes first. We need the fans to come out and give us that extra boost as well."
THOMAS, DESHAUN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"They are a good team and started the season well. They had a couple of big wins and it won't be easy. This game is all about confidence and getting the momentum, and after the Olympiacos game I think we have it."

Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs. Panathinaikos Athens

· Panathinaikos holds a 14-7 advantage in games against Efe since the turn of the century and has won last three. Last season Panathinaikos won an 81-82 thriller when the teams met in Istanbul in Round 8. Nick Calathes was the hero with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists; he was MVP of the round with a PIR of 42.

· Efes set its EuroLeague club record this century with 33 made free throws against Panathinaikos in April 2005.

· Panathinaikos recorded 51 total rebounds, the most in EuroLeague play this century, against Efes in March 2014.

· Panathinaikos beat Efes 81-71 in the 2000 EuroLeague semifinals, and 74-66 in the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague semifinals.

· Panathinaikos ousted Efes by the score 2-1 in best-of-three EuroLeague playoffs series in 2005.

· DeShaun Thomas played for Efes in the 2016-17 season. He was a teammate there of Dogus Balbay and Bryant Dunston.

· Stephame Lasme played for Efes during the 2014-15 season. He was a teammate there of Dogus Balbay and Birkan Batuk.

· Lasme played under current Efes head coach Ergin Ataman at Galatasaray Istanbul during the 2015-16 season. They won the 7DAYS EuroCup title together.

· Lasme posted his career high in index rating with 25 playing for Partizan Belgrade against Efes in October 2008. Lasme set his career-highs with 14 total rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds.

· Efes big man Bryant Dunston was a teammate of Ioannis Papapetrou and Matt Lojeski at Olympiacos Piraeus from 2013 to 2015.

· Efes big man Tibor Pleiss and forward DeShaun Thomas played under current Panathinaikos head coach Xavi Pascual at FC Barcelona Lassa in 2014-15 season.

· Panathinaikos forward James Gist played with Efes guard Krunoslav Simon at Unicaja Malaga for the first part of the 2012-13 season.

· Matt Lojeski of Panathinaikos and Bryant Dunston of Efes were teammates at Olympiacos Piraeus for two seasons, from 2013 to 2015.

· Efes forward Brock Motum was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Lukas Lekavicius at Zalgiris Kaunas for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017. Motum was also a teammate of Panathinaikos center Ian Voigoukas at Zalgiris for the 2015-16 campaign.

· Panathinaikos forward James Gist matched his career in rebounds with 11 in 91-83 overtime loss against Efes in November 2016.

· Matt Lojeski set his career high in assists with 6, playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Efes in March 2015.

· Panathinaikos guard Keith Langford matched his career high in assists with 9, playing for UNICS Kazan against Efes in November 2016.

· Ioannis Papapetrou set his career high with 17 points playing for Olympiacos Piraeus against Efes in March of last season.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Roster
Bugrahan Tuncer is the only player on the Efes roster who began the season without previous EuroLeague experience.
Streaks
Adrien Moerman has posted a performance index rating in double figures in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.
Moerman has collected at least 1 steal in each of his last five EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Bryant Dunston led the league in blocked shots last season with 1.7 per game. His new teammate Tibor Pleiss was third with 1.1 per game.
Brock Motum led the league in free throw accuracy last season at 96.7%.
Records/Milestones
James Anderson needs 13 more points to reach the 1,000-point milestone in his EuroLeague career.
Dunston is third in EuroLeague history in blocked shots with 192. He needs 2 more to catch Ioannis Bourousis (194) for second place.
Dunston is 10th in EuroLeague history with 344 offensive rebounds for his career. Next up on that list in ninth place is Mike Batiste with 347.
Tibor Pleiss is tied with Robertas Javtokas for ninth place in EuroLeague history with 144 blocked shots. He needs 17 more to catch Victor Khryapa for eighth.

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

Roster
Evangelos Sakellariou is the only player on the Panathinaikos roster without previous EuroLeague experience.
Streaks
Lukas Lekavicius has made 21 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Nick Calathes has collected at least 1 steal in 16 of his last 17 EuroLeague games.
Matt Lojeski has made at least 1 three-pointer in five of his last six EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Calathes leads the league in assists this season with 8.7 per game.
Calathes is second in the league this season with 2.2 steals per game. 
Calathes led the league in assists last season with 8.03 per game and in steals with 1.7 per game. He also ranked first in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.55).
Stephane Lasme is tied for third in the league with 1.2 blocks per game.
Records/Milestones
Stephane Lasme is in sixth place on the all-time shot-blocking charts with 167 career rejections. Alex Tyus of Maccabi Tel Aviv is in fifth place with 178.
Calathes is 11th in EuroLeague history with 771 career assists. Pablo Prigioni (804) is 10th.
Calathes is ranked 12th on the all-time EuroLeague steals charts with 222. Jorge Garbajosa (224) is 11th.

Monday, November 12, 2018
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
7 - 14
Anadolu Efes Istanbul Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Home record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 6-4
Away record vs. Panathinaikos OPAP Athens: 1-10
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
Home record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 10-1
Away record vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul: 4-6

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 04 January 2018 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 90 - 79 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2017-18 16 November 2017 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 81 - 82 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2016-17 13 January 2017 Regular Season Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 92 - 81 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2016-17 04 November 2016 Regular Season Anadolu Efes Istanbul 91 - 83 Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
2015-16 07 April 2016 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 91 - 86 Panathinaikos Athens
2015-16 12 February 2016 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 83 - 78 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2013-14 14 March 2014 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 60 - 65 Panathinaikos Athens
2013-14 17 January 2014 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 78 - 64 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 01 March 2013 Top 16 Panathinaikos Athens 75 - 62 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012-13 03 January 2013 Top 16 Anadolu Efes Istanbul 78 - 64 Panathinaikos Athens
2010-11 15 December 2010 Regular Season Efes Pilsen Istanbul 79 - 78 Panathinaikos Athens
2010-11 11 November 2010 Regular Season Panathinaikos Athens 84 - 61 Efes Pilsen Istanbul
2007-08 06 March 2008 Top 16 Panathinaikos 74 - 65 Efes Pilsen
2007-08 13 February 2008 Top 16 Efes Pilsen 74 - 64 Panathinaikos
2006-07 08 March 2007 Top 16 Efes Pilsen 65 - 79 Panathinaikos
2006-07 15 February 2007 Top 16 Panathinaikos 84 - 57 Efes Pilsen
2005-06 22 March 2006 Top 16 Efes Pilsen 56 - 66 Panathinaikos
2005-06 08 March 2006 Top 16 Panathinaikos 73 - 76 Efes Pilsen
2004-05 14 April 2005 Playoffs Panathinaikos 84 - 76 Efes Pilsen
2004-05 08 April 2005 Playoffs Efes Pilsen 75 - 63 Panathinaikos
2004-05 06 April 2005 Playoffs Panathinaikos 102 - 96 Efes Pilsen