Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Anadolu Efes Istanbul
· Olympiacos has a 21-19 record in games this century, but Efes swept the Reds last season.
· Efes dominated their clash in Piraeus last season. En route to a 67-86 win, Efes guard Vasilije Micic scored a career-high 27 points.
· Last year in Istanbul in Round 28, Shane Larkin earned his record-tying sixth MVP of the Round honor in a single season. In a 91-79 win, Larkin scored 40 points, becoming the first player this century with two 40-point games to his name, while also tying the EuroLeague single-game mark by downing 10 of 15 attempts from long distance. He also collected 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds, accumulating a performance index rating of 44.
· These teams contested a thrilling playoff series in the 2016-17 season. Efes took a 2-1 lead, but Olympiacos bounced back to win 3-2 and advance into the Final Four. The decisive fifth game saw Vassilis Spanoulis score 22 points in an 87-78 victory.
· Olympiacos and Efes battled for a Final Four spot in the 2013 playoffs, too. Efes had a 15-point lead in do-or-die Game 5, but Olympiacos came back, won the series and went on to lift the trophy.
· Efes set a club-record for scoring in EuroLeague play this century in a 59-110 road win at Olympiacos in December 2004.
· Efes tied a club record by making 17 three-pointers against Olympiacos in a 95-77 win in November 2006.
· The Efes single-game record for blocks is 6, which Marcus Haislip set against Olympiacos Piraeus on January 17, 2007.
· The Efes single-game record for three-pointers made is 10, which Shane Larkin tied against Olympiacos Piraeus on March 6, 2020.
· Efes forward Adrien Moerman and Olympiacos forward Sasha Vezenkov were teammates at FC Barcelona during the 2017-18 season.
· Olympiacos guard Charles Jenkins and Efes guard Krunoslav Simon played together during the 2015-16 season at AX Armani Exchange Milan.
· Efes big man Bryant Dunston played two seasons at Olympiacos, from 2013 to 2015, and in both seasons was chosen the EuroLeague Best Defender. He was a teammate of current Olympiacos players: Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis and Kostas Sloukas, and played under head coach Georgios Bartzokas.
· Efes forward James Anderson played under Olympiacos head coach Georgios Bartzokas at Khimki Moscow Region during the 2017-18 season.
· Anderson tied his career-high in steals with 3 playing for Khimki Moscow Region against Olympiacos in January 2018.
· Olympiacos playmaker Vassilis Spanoulis tied his career-high with 4 steals against Efes in February 2012; he tied his career-best with 6 rebounds in a Game 1 win of the 2013 playoff series; he tied his career-best with 6 three-pointers made in a Game 2 loss in the 2017 playoff series against Efes.
· Olympiacos big man Livio Jean-Charles tied his career-high with 3 blocks playing for LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne against Efes in November last season.
· Charles Jenkins set a career-high in scoring with 20 points playing for Crvena Zvezda against Efes in November 2016 and matched his career-best with 7 assists in February 2017.
· Dunston tied his career-high in offensive rebounds with 8 in Game 4 of the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs, which Olympiacos won in Istanbul 62-74.
· Krunoslav Simon of Efes had a career-high 4 steals against Olympiacos in December of last season.
· Efes center Tibor Pleiss matched his career-best with 4 blocks playing for Valencia Basket against Olympiacos in November 2017.