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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 2017

series (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 8 8 0 1.000
Seattle Supersonics 1 1 0 1.000
Golden State Warriors 6 5 1 0.833
San Antonio Spurs 15 12 3 0.800
New Jersey Nets 5 4 1 0.800
Detroit Pistons 8 6 2 0.750
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4 3 1 0.750
Miami Heat 11 8 3 0.727
Oklahoma City Thunder 7 5 2 0.714
Los Angeles Lakers 10 7 3 0.700
Pittsburgh Penguins 23 16 7 0.696
Colorado Avalanche 13 9 4 0.692
Phoenix Suns 6 4 2 0.667
New York Rangers 20 13 7 0.650
Edmonton Oilers 14 9 5 0.643
Montreal Canadiens 22 14 8 0.636
San Jose Sharks 19 12 7 0.632
Detroit Red Wings 28 17 11 0.607
Carolina Hurricanes 5 3 2 0.600
Boston Celtics 12 7 5 0.583
Philadelphia Flyers 21 12 9 0.571
Dallas Stars 14 8 6 0.571
Los Angeles Clippers 7 4 3 0.571
Utah Jazz 7 4 3 0.571
Washington Wizards 7 4 3 0.571
Anaheim Ducks 9 5 4 0.556
Tampa Bay Lightning 9 5 4 0.556
Toronto Maple Leafs 15 8 7 0.533
Boston Bruins 23 12 11 0.522
St. Louis Blues 25 13 12 0.520
Vancouver Canucks 18 9 9 0.500
Atlanta Hawks 10 5 5 0.500
Indiana Pacers 10 5 5 0.500
Sacramento Kings 4 2 2 0.500
Minnesota Timberwolves 2 1 1 0.500
Washington Capitals 23 11 12 0.478
Chicago Blackhawks 21 10 11 0.476
New Jersey Devils 21 10 11 0.476
Los Angeles Kings 17 8 9 0.471
Ottawa Senators 16 7 9 0.438
Orlando Magic 7 3 4 0.429
Buffalo Sabres 17 7 10 0.412
Nashville Predators 10 4 6 0.400
Dallas Mavericks 13 5 8 0.385
Minnesota Wild 8 3 5 0.375
Chicago Bulls 11 4 7 0.364
Philadelphia 76ers 6 2 4 0.333
Toronto Raptors 6 2 4 0.333
Brooklyn Nets 3 1 2 0.333
Quebec Nordiques 3 1 2 0.333
Houston Rockets 10 3 7 0.300
Memphis Grizzlies 10 3 7 0.300
Calgary Flames 16 4 12 0.250
New York Islanders 12 3 9 0.250
Portland Trailblazers 8 2 6 0.250
Minnesota North Stars 4 1 3 0.250
New York Knickerbockers 4 1 3 0.250
Florida Panthers 5 1 4 0.200
New Orleans Hornets 5 1 4 0.200
Winnipeg Jets (I) 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
Charlotte Hornets (II) 1 0 1 0.000
New Orleans Pelicans 1 0 1 0.000
Winnipeg Jets (II) 1 0 1 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 2 0 2 0.000
Columbus Blue Jackets 3 0 3 0.000
Hartford Whalers 6 0 6 0.000
Milwaukee Bucks 7 0 7 0.000
Grand Total 720 360 360