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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.

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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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Articles on best-of-7 series phenomena.

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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 (Series: Game 1 at either site; Preliminary)

This table tells you franchise best-of-7 series win-loss records in the Preliminary round, irrespective of whether Game 1 was played at home or on the road. Usually, though not always, the team playing Game 1 at home is the team with home court/field/ice advantage during that best-of-7 playoff series. Through 2002, only the NHL used the best-of-7 format in Preliminary-round playoff series, having done so since 1987. Starting in 2003, both the NHL and the NBA have done so. NHL Preliminary rounds have been known as Conference Quarterfinals since 1994, but were previously best-of-7 Division Semifinals from 1987 through 1993.

Series win-loss records for MLB, NBA, and NHL best-of-7 playoff series.
Series round = Preliminary
Game 1 Location = Home or Road
Sorted by winning fraction, then by series appearances
A = series appearances
W = series wins
L = series losses
Frc. = winning fraction (= %/100)
Bold numbers denote largest values for the table column
Table updated through Fall 2019

series (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 9 9 0 1.000
Seattle Supersonics 1 1 0 1.000
Golden State Warriors 8 7 1 0.875
New Jersey Nets 5 4 1 0.800
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 3 1 0.750
San Antonio Spurs 17 12 5 0.706
Los Angeles Lakers 10 7 3 0.700
Pittsburgh Penguins 25 17 8 0.680
San Jose Sharks 21 14 7 0.667
Colorado Avalanche 15 10 5 0.667
Miami Heat 12 8 4 0.667
Detroit Pistons 9 6 3 0.667
Carolina Hurricanes 6 4 2 0.667
Phoenix Suns 6 4 2 0.667
New York Rangers 20 13 7 0.650
Boston Celtics 14 9 5 0.643
Edmonton Oilers 14 9 5 0.643
Montreal Canadiens 22 14 8 0.636
Detroit Red Wings 28 17 11 0.607
Dallas Stars 15 9 6 0.600
Boston Bruins 25 14 11 0.560
Oklahoma City Thunder 9 5 4 0.556
Utah Jazz 9 5 4 0.556
Philadelphia Flyers 22 12 10 0.545
Tampa Bay Lightning 11 6 5 0.545
St. Louis Blues 26 14 12 0.538
Vancouver Canucks 18 9 9 0.500
Anaheim Ducks 10 5 5 0.500
Atlanta Hawks 10 5 5 0.500
Los Angeles Clippers 8 4 4 0.500
Philadelphia 76ers 8 4 4 0.500
Toronto Raptors 8 4 4 0.500
Washington Wizards 8 4 4 0.500
Sacramento Kings 4 2 2 0.500
New Orleans Pelicans 2 1 1 0.500
Vegas Golden Knights 2 1 1 0.500
Washington Capitals 25 12 13 0.480
Chicago Blackhawks 21 10 11 0.476
Toronto Maple Leafs 17 8 9 0.471
New Jersey Devils 22 10 12 0.455
Los Angeles Kings 18 8 10 0.444
Ottawa Senators 16 7 9 0.438
Houston Rockets 12 5 7 0.417
Indiana Pacers 12 5 7 0.417
Nashville Predators 12 5 7 0.417
Buffalo Sabres 17 7 10 0.412
Dallas Mavericks 13 5 8 0.385
Orlando Magic 8 3 5 0.375
Chicago Bulls 11 4 7 0.364
Minnesota Wild 9 3 6 0.333
Minnesota Timberwolves 3 1 2 0.333
Quebec Nordiques 3 1 2 0.333
Winnipeg Jets (II) 3 1 2 0.333
New York Islanders 13 4 9 0.308
Memphis Grizzlies 10 3 7 0.300
Portland Trailblazers 10 3 7 0.300
Brooklyn Nets 4 1 3 0.250
Minnesota North Stars 4 1 3 0.250
New York Knickerbockers 4 1 3 0.250
Calgary Flames 17 4 13 0.235
Columbus Blue Jackets 5 1 4 0.200
Florida Panthers 5 1 4 0.200
New Orleans Hornets 5 1 4 0.200
Denver Nuggets 11 2 9 0.182
Winnipeg Jets (I) 6 1 5 0.167
Phoenix Coyotes 8 1 7 0.125
Milwaukee Bucks 9 1 8 0.111
Atlanta Thrashers 1 0 1 0.000
Charlotte Hornets (II) 1 0 1 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 2 0 2 0.000
Hartford Whalers 6 0 6 0.000
Grand Total 784 392 392