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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 (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 2013

series (all rounds) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 5 5 0 1.000
Golden State Warriors 2 2 0 1.000
Seattle Supersonics 1 1 0 1.000
Detroit Pistons 7 6 1 0.857
San Antonio Spurs 11 9 2 0.818
New Jersey Nets 5 4 1 0.800
Colorado Avalanche 12 9 3 0.750
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 3 1 0.750
Oklahoma City Thunder 4 3 1 0.750
Los Angeles Lakers 10 7 3 0.700
San Jose Sharks 16 11 5 0.688
Pittsburgh Penguins 19 13 6 0.684
Detroit Red Wings 25 17 8 0.680
Boston Celtics 9 6 3 0.667
Miami Heat 9 6 3 0.667
Phoenix Suns 6 4 2 0.667
Los Angeles Clippers 3 2 1 0.667
Montreal Canadiens 19 12 7 0.632
Philadelphia Flyers 19 12 7 0.632
New York Rangers 16 10 6 0.625
Edmonton Oilers 13 8 5 0.615
Carolina Hurricanes 5 3 2 0.600
Dallas Stars 12 7 5 0.583
Toronto Maple Leafs 14 8 6 0.571
Indiana Pacers 7 4 3 0.571
Vancouver Canucks 17 9 8 0.529
Boston Bruins 21 11 10 0.524
St. Louis Blues 21 11 10 0.524
Dallas Mavericks 10 5 5 0.500
Atlanta Hawks 6 3 3 0.500
Tampa Bay Lightning 6 3 3 0.500
Utah Jazz 6 3 3 0.500
Sacramento Kings 4 2 2 0.500
Minnesota Timberwolves 2 1 1 0.500
New Jersey Devils 21 10 11 0.476
Chicago Blackhawks 17 8 9 0.471
Los Angeles Kings 15 7 8 0.467
Ottawa Senators 14 6 8 0.429
Orlando Magic 7 3 4 0.429
Buffalo Sabres 17 7 10 0.412
Washington Capitals 20 8 12 0.400
Anaheim Ducks 5 2 3 0.400
Chicago Bulls 8 3 5 0.375
Memphis Grizzlies 6 2 4 0.333
Philadelphia 76ers 6 2 4 0.333
Quebec Nordiques 3 1 2 0.333
Nashville Predators 7 2 5 0.286
Florida Panthers 4 1 3 0.250
Minnesota North Stars 4 1 3 0.250
Minnesota Wild 4 1 3 0.250
New York Knickerbockers 4 1 3 0.250
Washington Wizards 4 1 3 0.250
Calgary Flames 14 3 11 0.214
New York Islanders 10 2 8 0.200
New Orleans Hornets 5 1 4 0.200
Houston Rockets 6 1 5 0.167
Winnipeg Jets 6 1 5 0.167
Phoenix Coyotes 8 1 7 0.125
Denver Nuggets 10 1 9 0.100
Atlanta Thrashers 1 0 1 0.000
Brooklyn Nets 1 0 1 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 1 0 1 0.000
Columbus Blue Jackets 1 0 1 0.000
Toronto Raptors 2 0 2 0.000
Portland Trailblazers 4 0 4 0.000
Milwaukee Bucks 5 0 5 0.000
Hartford Whalers 6 0 6 0.000
Grand Total 592 296 296