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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 2015

games (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 29 24 5 0.828
Seattle Supersonics 5 4 1 0.800
Detroit Pistons 36 24 12 0.667
San Antonio Spurs 70 46 24 0.657
Golden State Warriors 23 15 8 0.652
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
Phoenix Suns 33 19 14 0.576
Anaheim Ducks 40 23 17 0.575
Detroit Red Wings 154 88 66 0.571
Los Angeles Clippers 32 18 14 0.563
New York Rangers 100 56 44 0.560
San Jose Sharks 100 56 44 0.560
Montreal Canadiens 122 68 54 0.557
Pittsburgh Penguins 122 68 54 0.557
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
Sacramento Kings 21 11 10 0.524
Boston Celtics 56 29 27 0.518
Carolina Hurricanes 31 16 15 0.516
Washington Wizards 31 16 15 0.516
Edmonton Oilers 78 40 38 0.513
New Jersey Devils 121 62 59 0.512
St. Louis Blues 129 66 63 0.512
Atlanta Hawks 52 26 26 0.500
Boston Bruins 129 64 65 0.496
Buffalo Sabres 97 48 49 0.495
Chicago Blackhawks 108 53 55 0.491
Orlando Magic 37 18 19 0.486
Washington Capitals 134 65 69 0.485
Ottawa Senators 82 39 43 0.476
Chicago Bulls 57 27 30 0.474
Vancouver Canucks 109 51 58 0.468
Los Angeles Kings 92 43 49 0.467
Tampa Bay Lightning 46 21 25 0.457
Brooklyn Nets 20 9 11 0.450
Dallas Mavericks 67 30 37 0.448
Minnesota Wild 36 16 20 0.444
Quebec Nordiques 18 8 10 0.444
Minnesota North Stars 25 11 14 0.440
Houston Rockets 48 21 27 0.438
Calgary Flames 94 41 53 0.436
Utah Jazz 33 14 19 0.424
Memphis Grizzlies 43 18 25 0.419
New Orleans Hornets 29 12 17 0.414
Philadelphia 76ers 34 14 20 0.412
Winnipeg Jets (I) 37 15 22 0.405
Nashville Predators 45 18 27 0.400
Portland Trailblazers 36 14 22 0.389
Florida Panthers 21 8 13 0.381
Phoenix Coyotes 47 17 30 0.362
New York Islanders 63 22 41 0.349
Hartford Whalers 36 12 24 0.333
Denver Nuggets 53 16 37 0.302
Milwaukee Bucks 33 9 24 0.273
Toronto Raptors 22 6 16 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 3758 1879 1879