The two teams have only met twice in the EuroLeague, in the 2015-16 regular season, and both games were won by Bayern. The German champ also beat Khimki twice in the following season's EuroCup.
Bayern set club EuroLeague single-game records with 49 rebounds and 15 steals against Khimki in the 2015-16 season.
Petteri Koponen returns to Khimki where he played for 4 seasons, from 2012 to 2016. He helped the team win the 2015 EuroCup, together with Sergey Monia and Egor Vialtsev. He was also a teammate there of Alexey Shved during the 2015-16 season.
Koponen played under current Khimki head coach Georgios Bartzokas at FC Barcelona Lassa during the 2016-17 season.
Dee Bost played under current Bayern head coach Dejan Radonjic during the 2012-13 season at Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.
Khimki guard Stefan Markovic has been a teammate of Bayern guard Stefan Jovic and injured forward Milan Macvan on the Serbian national team. They all won silver medals together at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Markovic and Jovic also won silvers at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.