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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
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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: Road; Preliminary)

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

Game win-loss records for MLB, NBA, and NHL best-of-7 playoff series.
Series round = Preliminary
Location = Road
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 21 16 5 0.762
Golden State Warriors 21 12 9 0.571
Colorado Avalanche 44 25 19 0.568
San Jose Sharks 62 35 27 0.565
Pittsburgh Penguins 71 40 31 0.563
Tampa Bay Lightning 31 17 14 0.548
New Jersey Nets 13 7 6 0.538
Montreal Canadiens 68 35 33 0.515
Dallas Stars 45 23 22 0.511
Detroit Red Wings 81 41 40 0.506
Boston Bruins 72 36 36 0.500
New York Rangers 56 28 28 0.500
Vancouver Canucks 56 28 28 0.500
Anaheim Ducks 26 13 13 0.500
Vegas Golden Knights 8 4 4 0.500
New Orleans Pelicans 4 2 2 0.500
Seattle Supersonics 2 1 1 0.500
Ottawa Senators 45 22 23 0.489
San Antonio Spurs 45 22 23 0.489
Edmonton Oilers 43 21 22 0.488
St. Louis Blues 74 36 38 0.486
Washington Capitals 77 37 40 0.481
Philadelphia Flyers 66 30 36 0.455
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 11 5 6 0.455
Detroit Pistons 20 9 11 0.450
Los Angeles Lakers 29 13 16 0.448
Los Angeles Clippers 27 12 15 0.444
Phoenix Suns 16 7 9 0.438
Carolina Hurricanes 23 10 13 0.435
Winnipeg Jets (II) 7 3 4 0.429
Miami Heat 33 14 19 0.424
Phoenix Coyotes 24 10 14 0.417
Boston Celtics 39 16 23 0.410
Washington Wizards 22 9 13 0.409
New Jersey Devils 63 25 38 0.397
New York Islanders 43 17 26 0.395
Nashville Predators 33 13 20 0.394
Toronto Maple Leafs 56 22 34 0.393
Buffalo Sabres 51 20 31 0.392
Los Angeles Kings 52 20 32 0.385
Philadelphia 76ers 24 9 15 0.375
Toronto Raptors 24 9 15 0.375
Columbus Blue Jackets 16 6 10 0.375
Orlando Magic 25 9 16 0.360
Minnesota North Stars 14 5 9 0.357
Indiana Pacers 37 13 24 0.351
Chicago Bulls 32 11 21 0.344
Chicago Blackhawks 63 21 42 0.333
Minnesota Wild 28 9 19 0.321
Oklahoma City Thunder 28 9 19 0.321
Milwaukee Bucks 29 9 20 0.310
Calgary Flames 52 16 36 0.308
Winnipeg Jets (I) 20 6 14 0.300
Utah Jazz 32 9 23 0.281
Houston Rockets 36 10 26 0.278
Dallas Mavericks 41 11 30 0.268
Brooklyn Nets 15 4 11 0.267
Florida Panthers 12 3 9 0.250
Minnesota Timberwolves 8 2 6 0.250
Charlotte Hornets (II) 4 1 3 0.250
Memphis Grizzlies 26 6 20 0.231
Portland Trailblazers 31 7 24 0.226
Atlanta Hawks 32 7 25 0.219
New Orleans Hornets 15 3 12 0.200
New York Knickerbockers 10 2 8 0.200
Sacramento Kings 10 2 8 0.200
Denver Nuggets 35 6 29 0.171
Hartford Whalers 19 3 16 0.158
Quebec Nordiques 9 1 8 0.111
Atlanta Thrashers 2 0 2 0.000
Arizona Coyotes 3 0 3 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 4 0 4 0.000
Grand Total 2316 965 1351 0.417