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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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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 2014

series (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 5 5 0 1.000
Seattle Supersonics 1 1 0 1.000
Detroit Pistons 7 6 1 0.857
San Antonio Spurs 12 10 2 0.833
New Jersey Nets 5 4 1 0.800
Oklahoma City Thunder 5 4 1 0.800
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 3 1 0.750
Los Angeles Clippers 4 3 1 0.750
Pittsburgh Penguins 20 14 6 0.700
Los Angeles Lakers 10 7 3 0.700
Miami Heat 10 7 3 0.700
Colorado Avalanche 13 9 4 0.692
Boston Celtics 9 6 3 0.667
Phoenix Suns 6 4 2 0.667
Golden State Warriors 3 2 1 0.667
Detroit Red Wings 26 17 9 0.654
Montreal Canadiens 20 13 7 0.650
New York Rangers 17 11 6 0.647
San Jose Sharks 17 11 6 0.647
Indiana Pacers 8 5 3 0.625
Edmonton Oilers 13 8 5 0.615
Philadelphia Flyers 20 12 8 0.600
Carolina Hurricanes 5 3 2 0.600
Toronto Maple Leafs 14 8 6 0.571
Boston Bruins 22 12 10 0.545
Dallas Stars 13 7 6 0.538
Vancouver Canucks 17 9 8 0.529
St. Louis Blues 22 11 11 0.500
Chicago Blackhawks 18 9 9 0.500
Los Angeles Kings 16 8 8 0.500
Anaheim Ducks 6 3 3 0.500
Utah Jazz 6 3 3 0.500
Sacramento Kings 4 2 2 0.500
Brooklyn Nets 2 1 1 0.500
Minnesota Timberwolves 2 1 1 0.500
New Jersey Devils 21 10 11 0.476
Dallas Mavericks 11 5 6 0.455
Ottawa Senators 14 6 8 0.429
Atlanta Hawks 7 3 4 0.429
Orlando Magic 7 3 4 0.429
Tampa Bay Lightning 7 3 4 0.429
Buffalo Sabres 17 7 10 0.412
Washington Capitals 20 8 12 0.400
Minnesota Wild 5 2 3 0.400
Washington Wizards 5 2 3 0.400
Chicago Bulls 9 3 6 0.333
Philadelphia 76ers 6 2 4 0.333
Quebec Nordiques 3 1 2 0.333
Memphis Grizzlies 7 2 5 0.286
Nashville Predators 7 2 5 0.286
Florida Panthers 4 1 3 0.250
Minnesota North Stars 4 1 3 0.250
New York Knickerbockers 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
Portland Trailblazers 5 1 4 0.200
Winnipeg Jets 6 1 5 0.167
Houston Rockets 7 1 6 0.143
Phoenix Coyotes 8 1 7 0.125
Denver Nuggets 10 1 9 0.100
Atlanta Thrashers 1 0 1 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 2 0 2 0.000
Columbus Blue Jackets 2 0 2 0.000
Toronto Raptors 3 0 3 0.000
Milwaukee Bucks 5 0 5 0.000
Hartford Whalers 6 0 6 0.000
Grand Total 624 312 312