These two Spanish rivals met in the EuroLeague for the first time in Round 13, with Baskonia wining 71-84 behind 16 points apiece from Matt Janning and Shavon Shields. In November in Vitoria, Baskonia downed Gran Canaria 91-76 in a Spanish League contest.
Gran Canaria forward Kim Tillie played three seasons at Baskonia, from 2014 to 2017. He was teammate of Tornike Shengelia and Ilimane Diop for all three seasons, and played under head coach Velimir Perasovic when Baskonia reached the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four.
Tillie was also a teammate of Johannes Voigtmann and Tadas Sedekarskis during the 2016-17 season.
Gran Canaria's D.J. Strawberry and Baskonia's Marcelinho Huertas were teammates at Fortitudo Bologna in the 2008-09 season.
Strawberry and Baskonia sharpshooter Matt Janning were teammates at Cibona Zagreb for part of the 2013-14 season.
Gran Canaria's Albert Oliver and Baskonia's Jayson Granger were teammates at Estudiantes Madrid for two years, from 2009 to 2011.
Xavi Rabaseda of Gran Canaria and Huertas were teammates at FC Barcelona Lassa for two seasons, helped it reach the Final Four in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.