CSKA won nine straight home games against Panathinaikos and holds an 18-14 advantage in games this century. Panathinaikos beat CSKA 96-84 in Round 15 in Coach Rick Pitino's debut. Ioannis Papapetrou scored 17 points and Nick Calathes 14 points, 10 assists and 3 steals for the Greens.
CSKA head coach Dimitris Itoudis spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Panathinaikos from 1999 through 2012. He helped the club win five EuroLeague championships, 11 Greek League titles and seven Greek Cups during that span. Only Nick Calathes and Ian Vougioukas are with the club from that period.
At the 1996 Final Four, Panathinaikos downed CSKA 71-81 to advance to the final and eventually lift its first continental trophy. Dominique Wilkins was unstoppable for Panathinaikos with 35 points.
CSKA and Panathinaikos met in the EuroLeague championship game in 2007. In one of the best finals in competition history, Panathinaikos beat CSKA 93-91 in Athens. Ramunas Siskauskas had 20 points and Dimitris Diamantidis added 15 and earned Final Four MVP honors.
CSKA and Panathinaikos met in the 2009 final in Berlin, where the Greens downed CSKA 73-71. Siskauskas could have won it for CSKA at the buzzer, but his shot went in and out. Vassilis Spanoulis had 13 points to lead Panathinaikos and was chosen as the 2009 Final Four MVP. Current CSKA forward Andrey Vorontsevich dressed for CSKA, but did not play.
CSKA downed Panathinaikos 66-64 in the 2012 EuroLeague Final Four semifinals with Andrei Kirilenko leading CSKA with 17 points.
CSKA beat Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague Playoffs twice, winning the series 3-2 in 2014 and ousting Panathinaikos 3-1 in 2015.
Panathinaikos recorded a club record 23 steals in 91-94 double-overtime win in the third-place game at the 2005 EuroLeague Final Four. CSKA pulled down a EuroLeague club record 55 total rebounds in that loss.
CSKA center Othello Hunter was a teammate of Panathinaikos swingmen Matt Lojeski and Ioannis Papapetrou at Olympiacos Piraeus for two seasons, from 2014 to 2016. They reached the 2015 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game together.
Nikita Kurbanov of CSKA and Panathinaikos big man Ian Vougioukas were teammates at UNICS Kazan during the 2013-14 season, when they reached the EuroCup Finals together.
Dinos Mitoglou posted his career high in rebounds with 7 in Round 15.
CSKA guard Daniel Hackett matched his career-high with 3 steals playing for Milan against Panathinaikos in November 2014.
Kyle Hines had a career-best performance index rating of 28 and matched his career-highs of 21 points and 4 steals in an 81-63 home win against Panathinaikos in October of last season.
Keith Langford had a career-high 36 points against CSKA while playing for UNICS Kazan in October 2016.
Nikos Pappas had career-highs of 25 points and a performance index rating of 31 against CSKA in an 86-85 victory in Game 3 of the 2015 EuroLeague Playoffs.
Ian Vougioukas posted his career-high PIR of 25 playing for Zalgiris against CSKA in April 2016.