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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 2020

games (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 44 36 8 0.818
Seattle Supersonics 5 4 1 0.800
Golden State Warriors 43 31 12 0.721
Vegas Golden Knights 16 11 5 0.688
San Antonio Spurs 92 58 34 0.630
New Jersey Nets 26 16 10 0.615
Colorado Avalanche 93 57 36 0.613
Miami Heat 67 41 26 0.612
Los Angeles Lakers 60 36 24 0.600
Phoenix Suns 33 19 14 0.576
San Jose Sharks 122 70 52 0.574
Dallas Stars 90 51 39 0.567
Boston Celtics 83 47 36 0.566
Pittsburgh Penguins 142 80 62 0.563
Detroit Red Wings 159 89 70 0.560
New York Rangers 111 61 50 0.550
Anaheim Ducks 55 30 25 0.545
Detroit Pistons 44 24 20 0.545
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 22 12 10 0.545
Montreal Canadiens 134 72 62 0.537
Philadelphia Flyers 136 72 64 0.529
Edmonton Oilers 84 44 40 0.524
Sacramento Kings 21 11 10 0.524
St. Louis Blues 153 80 73 0.523
Toronto Raptors 50 26 24 0.520
Oklahoma City Thunder 56 29 27 0.518
Washington Wizards 43 22 21 0.512
Los Angeles Clippers 57 29 28 0.509
Tampa Bay Lightning 65 33 32 0.508
Houston Rockets 75 38 37 0.507
Boston Bruins 154 78 76 0.506
Toronto Maple Leafs 107 54 53 0.505
New Jersey Devils 126 63 63 0.500
Atlanta Hawks 64 32 32 0.500
New Orleans Pelicans 8 4 4 0.500
Buffalo Sabres 97 48 49 0.495
Washington Capitals 164 81 83 0.494
Ottawa Senators 88 43 45 0.489
Carolina Hurricanes 43 21 22 0.488
Vancouver Canucks 115 55 60 0.478
Nashville Predators 68 32 36 0.471
Chicago Bulls 63 29 34 0.460
Chicago Blackhawks 124 57 67 0.460
Philadelphia 76ers 48 22 26 0.458
Utah Jazz 58 26 32 0.448
Quebec Nordiques 18 8 10 0.444
Minnesota North Stars 25 11 14 0.440
Minnesota Timberwolves 16 7 9 0.438
New York Islanders 78 34 44 0.436
Los Angeles Kings 101 44 57 0.436
Indiana Pacers 72 31 41 0.431
Charlotte Hornets (II) 7 3 4 0.429
Orlando Magic 47 20 27 0.426
Dallas Mavericks 78 33 45 0.423
New Orleans Hornets 29 12 17 0.414
Winnipeg Jets (I) 37 15 22 0.405
Calgary Flames 109 44 65 0.404
Milwaukee Bucks 55 22 33 0.400
Winnipeg Jets (II) 15 6 9 0.400
Minnesota Wild 52 20 32 0.385
Portland Trailblazers 60 23 37 0.383
Memphis Grizzlies 53 20 33 0.377
Florida Panthers 27 10 17 0.370
Phoenix Coyotes 47 17 30 0.362
Denver Nuggets 67 24 43 0.358
Brooklyn Nets 29 10 19 0.345
Hartford Whalers 36 12 24 0.333
Columbus Blue Jackets 30 10 20 0.333
New York Knickerbockers 19 5 14 0.263
Arizona Coyotes 5 1 4 0.200
Atlanta Thrashers 4 0 4 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 8 0 8 0.000
Grand Total 4632 2316 2316