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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 2016

games (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 33 28 5 0.848
Seattle Supersonics 5 4 1 0.800
Golden State Warriors 28 19 9 0.679
San Antonio Spurs 74 50 24 0.676
Oklahoma City Thunder 33 22 11 0.667
Miami Heat 58 36 22 0.621
New Jersey Nets 26 16 10 0.615
Colorado Avalanche 77 47 30 0.610
Detroit Pistons 40 24 16 0.600
Los Angeles Lakers 55 32 23 0.582
Phoenix Suns 33 19 14 0.576
San Jose Sharks 105 60 45 0.571
Pittsburgh Penguins 127 72 55 0.567
Detroit Red Wings 159 89 70 0.560
Montreal Canadiens 122 68 54 0.557
Anaheim Ducks 47 26 21 0.553
Dallas Stars 78 43 35 0.551
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 22 12 10 0.545
Minnesota Timberwolves 11 6 5 0.545
New York Rangers 105 57 48 0.543
Philadelphia Flyers 124 66 58 0.532
Toronto Maple Leafs 87 46 41 0.529
Indiana Pacers 53 28 25 0.528
Los Angeles Clippers 38 20 18 0.526
Sacramento Kings 21 11 10 0.524
Atlanta Hawks 58 30 28 0.517
Carolina Hurricanes 31 16 15 0.516
Washington Wizards 31 16 15 0.516
St. Louis Blues 136 70 66 0.515
Edmonton Oilers 78 40 38 0.513
New Jersey Devils 121 62 59 0.512
Boston Celtics 62 31 31 0.500
Boston Bruins 129 64 65 0.496
Buffalo Sabres 97 48 49 0.495
Washington Capitals 140 69 71 0.493
Tampa Bay Lightning 51 25 26 0.490
Chicago Blackhawks 115 56 59 0.487
Orlando Magic 37 18 19 0.486
Ottawa Senators 82 39 43 0.476
Chicago Bulls 57 27 30 0.474
Vancouver Canucks 109 51 58 0.468
Los Angeles Kings 97 44 53 0.454
Brooklyn Nets 20 9 11 0.450
Quebec Nordiques 18 8 10 0.444
Minnesota North Stars 25 11 14 0.440
Calgary Flames 94 41 53 0.436
Dallas Mavericks 72 31 41 0.431
Minnesota Wild 42 18 24 0.429
Portland Trailblazers 42 18 24 0.429
Charlotte Hornets (II) 7 3 4 0.429
Utah Jazz 33 14 19 0.424
Nashville Predators 52 22 30 0.423
Houston Rockets 53 22 31 0.415
New Orleans Hornets 29 12 17 0.414
Philadelphia 76ers 34 14 20 0.412
Winnipeg Jets (I) 37 15 22 0.405
Memphis Grizzlies 47 18 29 0.383
New York Islanders 69 26 43 0.377
Florida Panthers 27 10 17 0.370
Phoenix Coyotes 47 17 30 0.362
Toronto Raptors 29 10 19 0.345
Hartford Whalers 36 12 24 0.333
Denver Nuggets 53 16 37 0.302
Milwaukee Bucks 33 9 24 0.273
New York Knickerbockers 19 5 14 0.263
Columbus Blue Jackets 10 2 8 0.200
Atlanta Thrashers 4 0 4 0.000
New Orleans Pelicans 4 0 4 0.000
Winnipeg Jets (II) 4 0 4 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 8 0 8 0.000
Grand Total 3940 1970 1970