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HISTORICAL VICTORY PROBABILITIES AND TEAM PERFORMANCE RECORDS FOR BEST-OF-7 FORMAT MLB, NBA, AND NHL PLAYOFF SERIES

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BEST-OF-7 SERIES RESULTS
The master list: Winner and loser of each and every best-of-7 MLB, NBA, and NHL playoff series from 1905 (the year of the first best-of-7 series).

BEST-OF-7 HISTORICAL VICTORY PROBABILITIES
SERIES STATUS IN GAMES
leading, 1-game-nil
leading, 2-games-nil
leading, 3-games-nil
leading, 2-games-1
leading, 3-games-1
leading, 3-games-2

WhoWins™ BEST-OF-7 GREATEST COMEBACK EVER
Surmounting the 3-games-nil deficit.

WhoWins™ BEST-OF-7 ANNIHILATIONS
The ultimate ignominy: Sweeps during which the swept team never, ever leads.

BEST-OF-7 FRANCHISE SERIES OUTCOMES
ALL ROUNDS
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
FINALS
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
SEMIFINALS
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
QUARTERFINALS (NBA, NHL)
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
PRELIMINARIES (NBA, NHL)
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road

BEST-OF-7 FRANCHISE GAME OUTCOMES
ALL ROUNDS
All | Home Games | Road Games
FINALS
All | Home Games | Road Games
SEMIFINALS
All | Home Games | Road Games
QUARTERFINALS (NBA, NHL)
All | Home Games | Road Games
PRELIMINARIES (NBA, NHL)
All | Home Games | Road Games

BEST-OF-7 FRANCHISE SCORING OUTCOMES
MLB: all runs for/against
NBA: all points for/against
NHL: all goals for/against

BEST-OF-7 SCORING RECORDS
BEST-OF-7 MLB, NBA, NHL Series and Game Scoring Records

RESOURCES
Societies, books, and other resources.

BEST-OF-7 FEATURES
Articles on best-of-7 series phenomena.

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Frequently-asked questions.

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PROBABILITY FORMULAE
Mathematical formulae for best-of-7 probability computations.

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WhoWins(tm) -- MLB, NBA, NHL Playoffs -- Best-of-7 Team Win-Loss Records (Games: All Sites; Preliminary)

This table tells you franchise best-of-7 game win-loss records in Preliminary round action (applicable only to the NHL through 2002; the NBA played its first best-of-7 Preliminary-round playoff games in 2003). The NHL games have been known as the Conference Quarterfinals since 1994; they previously were the NHL Division Semifinals (1987-1993).

Game win-loss records for MLB, NBA, and NHL best-of-7 playoff series.
Series round = Preliminary
Location = Home and Road, inclusive
Sorted by winning fraction, then by game appearances
A = game appearances
W = game wins
L = game losses
Frc. = winning fraction (= %/100)
Bold numbers denote largest values for the table column
Table updated through Fall 2014

games (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 25 20 5 0.800
Seattle Supersonics 5 4 1 0.800
San Antonio Spurs 63 43 20 0.683
Detroit Pistons 36 24 12 0.667
Oklahoma City Thunder 28 18 10 0.643
Miami Heat 51 32 19 0.627
New Jersey Nets 26 16 10 0.615
Colorado Avalanche 77 47 30 0.610
Los Angeles Lakers 55 32 23 0.582
Golden State Warriors 19 11 8 0.579
Detroit Red Wings 147 85 62 0.578
Phoenix Suns 33 19 14 0.576
Pittsburgh Penguins 117 67 50 0.573
San Jose Sharks 100 56 44 0.560
Los Angeles Clippers 25 14 11 0.560
Boston Celtics 52 29 23 0.558
Montreal Canadiens 116 64 52 0.552
New York Rangers 95 52 43 0.547
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 22 12 10 0.545
Minnesota Timberwolves 11 6 5 0.545
Indiana Pacers 46 25 21 0.543
Philadelphia Flyers 118 64 54 0.542
Dallas Stars 72 39 33 0.542
Toronto Maple Leafs 87 46 41 0.529
Anaheim Ducks 36 19 17 0.528
Sacramento Kings 21 11 10 0.524
St. Louis Blues 123 64 59 0.520
Carolina Hurricanes 31 16 15 0.516
Edmonton Oilers 78 40 38 0.513
New Jersey Devils 121 62 59 0.512
Brooklyn Nets 14 7 7 0.500
Boston Bruins 129 64 65 0.496
Buffalo Sabres 97 48 49 0.495
Ottawa Senators 76 37 39 0.487
Orlando Magic 37 18 19 0.486
Chicago Blackhawks 102 49 53 0.480
Washington Capitals 127 61 66 0.480
Atlanta Hawks 46 22 24 0.478
Vancouver Canucks 103 49 54 0.476
Dallas Mavericks 62 29 33 0.468
Los Angeles Kings 92 43 49 0.467
Chicago Bulls 51 23 28 0.451
Washington Wizards 27 12 15 0.444
Quebec Nordiques 18 8 10 0.444
Minnesota North Stars 25 11 14 0.440
Tampa Bay Lightning 39 17 22 0.436
Utah Jazz 33 14 19 0.424
Calgary Flames 88 37 51 0.420
Portland Trailblazers 31 13 18 0.419
New Orleans Hornets 29 12 17 0.414
Philadelphia 76ers 34 14 20 0.412
Nashville Predators 39 16 23 0.410
Winnipeg Jets 37 15 22 0.405
Minnesota Wild 30 12 18 0.400
Houston Rockets 43 17 26 0.395
Florida Panthers 21 8 13 0.381
Memphis Grizzlies 38 14 24 0.368
Phoenix Coyotes 47 17 30 0.362
New York Islanders 56 19 37 0.339
Hartford Whalers 36 12 24 0.333
Toronto Raptors 18 6 12 0.333
Denver Nuggets 53 16 37 0.302
New York Knickerbockers 19 5 14 0.263
Milwaukee Bucks 27 7 20 0.259
Columbus Blue Jackets 10 2 8 0.200
Atlanta Thrashers 4 0 4 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 8 0 8 0.000
Grand Total 3582 1791 1791