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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

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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

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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 2020

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
Los Angeles Lakers 11 8 3 0.727
San Antonio Spurs 17 12 5 0.706
Miami Heat 13 9 4 0.692
Colorado Avalanche 16 11 5 0.688
Pittsburgh Penguins 25 17 8 0.680
San Jose Sharks 21 14 7 0.667
Boston Celtics 15 10 5 0.667
Detroit Pistons 9 6 3 0.667
Phoenix Suns 6 4 2 0.667
Vegas Golden Knights 3 2 1 0.667
New York Rangers 20 13 7 0.650
Edmonton Oilers 14 9 5 0.643
Dallas Stars 16 10 6 0.625
Montreal Canadiens 23 14 9 0.609
Detroit Red Wings 28 17 11 0.607
Tampa Bay Lightning 12 7 5 0.583
Boston Bruins 26 15 11 0.577
Carolina Hurricanes 7 4 3 0.571
Philadelphia Flyers 23 13 10 0.565
Los Angeles Clippers 9 5 4 0.556
Toronto Raptors 9 5 4 0.556
Vancouver Canucks 19 10 9 0.526
St. Louis Blues 27 14 13 0.519
Anaheim Ducks 10 5 5 0.500
Atlanta Hawks 10 5 5 0.500
Oklahoma City Thunder 10 5 5 0.500
Utah Jazz 10 5 5 0.500
Washington Wizards 8 4 4 0.500
Sacramento Kings 4 2 2 0.500
New Orleans Pelicans 2 1 1 0.500
Toronto Maple Leafs 17 8 9 0.471
Washington Capitals 26 12 14 0.462
Houston Rockets 13 6 7 0.462
Chicago Blackhawks 22 10 12 0.455
New Jersey Devils 22 10 12 0.455
Los Angeles Kings 18 8 10 0.444
Philadelphia 76ers 9 4 5 0.444
Ottawa Senators 16 7 9 0.438
Nashville Predators 12 5 7 0.417
Buffalo Sabres 17 7 10 0.412
Indiana Pacers 13 5 8 0.385
Chicago Bulls 11 4 7 0.364
Dallas Mavericks 14 5 9 0.357
New York Islanders 14 5 9 0.357
Minnesota Wild 9 3 6 0.333
Orlando Magic 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
Memphis Grizzlies 10 3 7 0.300
Portland Trailblazers 11 3 8 0.273
Denver Nuggets 12 3 9 0.250
Minnesota North Stars 4 1 3 0.250
New York Knickerbockers 4 1 3 0.250
Calgary Flames 18 4 14 0.222
Milwaukee Bucks 10 2 8 0.200
Brooklyn Nets 5 1 4 0.200
Florida Panthers 5 1 4 0.200
New Orleans Hornets 5 1 4 0.200
Columbus Blue Jackets 6 1 5 0.167
Winnipeg Jets (I) 6 1 5 0.167
Phoenix Coyotes 8 1 7 0.125
Arizona Coyotes 1 0 1 0.000
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 816 408 408