This is Darussafaka's third EuroLeague season and in each of the previous two it played against Maccabi. Each team has two wins; they split road wins in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.
Scottie Wilbekin spent three seasons with Darussafaka; he made his EuroLeague debut in the 2015-16 season and last season led the club to the 7DAYS EuroCup title. Wilbekin was the EuroCup MVP.
Darussafaka guard Jon Diebler and Maccabi big man Alex Tyus were teammates during the 2015-16 season at Anadolu Efes and again the following season at Galatasaray.
Diebler set his EuroLeague career highs with 21 points, 6 rebounds and a performance index rating of 26 playing for Galatasaray Istanbul against Maccabi in January 2017. He made 6 of 7 three-pointers as Galatasaray romped 102-63.
Ray McCallum posted his career high in steals with 3 playing for Unicaja Malaga against Maccabi in February 2018.