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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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HISTORICAL SERIES VICTORY PROBABILITIES (UP 3-GAMES-NIL)

Here's what has happened -- in both the series and the following game -- when an MLB/NBA/NHL team led a best-of-7 series 3 games to nil. "Site" means the site (H=home or V=road) where a team played Game 1: For example, the row in which sport=MLB, round=Finals, and site=V refers to MLB teams with a 3-games-nil MLB World Series lead, having played Game 1 on the road; for a second example, the row in which sport=NHL, round=Semis, and site=H refers to NHL teams with a 3-games-nil NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals-round lead, having played Game 1 at home. Theoretical series victory probability for series-leading team = .9375 (based on theoretical game victory probabilities of .5). Table updated through Fall 2015.

sport round site Game 4 rec. series rec.
all all all 212-123 (.633) 330-5 (.985)
all all H 157-98 (.616) 251-4 (.984)
all all V 55-25 (.688) 79-1 (.988)
all Finals all 49-14 (.778) 62-1 (.984)
all Finals H 33-10 (.767) 43-0 (1.000)
all Finals V 16-4 (.800) 19-1 (.950)
all Semis all 49-34 (.590) 82-1 (.988)
all Semis H 31-25 (.554) 55-1 (.982)
all Semis V 18-9 (.667) 27-0 (1.000)
all Qtrs all 65-43 (.602) 106-2 (.981)
all Qtrs H 53-35 (.602) 86-2 (.977)
all Qtrs V 12-8 (.600) 20-0 (1.000)
all Prelim all 49-32 (.605) 80-1 (.988)
all Prelim H 40-28 (.588) 67-1 (.985)
all Prelim V 9-4 (.692) 13-0 (1.000)
MLB all all 29-6 (.829) 34-1 (.971)
MLB all H 15-4 (.789) 18-1 (.947)
MLB all V 14-2 (.875) 16-0 (1.000)
MLB Finals all 21-3 (.875) 24-0 (1.000)
MLB Finals H 14-2 (.875) 16-0 (1.000)
MLB Finals V 7-1 (.875) 8-0 (1.000)
MLB Semis all 8-3 (.727) 10-1 (.909)
MLB Semis H 1-2 (.333) 2-1 (.667)
MLB Semis V 7-1 (.875) 8-0 (1.000)
NBA all all 70-48 (.593) 118-0 (1.000)
NBA all H 57-43 (.570) 100-0 (1.000)
NBA all V 13-5 (.722) 18-0 (1.000)
NBA Finals all 8-4 (.667) 12-0 (1.000)
NBA Finals H 6-4 (.600) 10-0 (1.000)
NBA Finals V 2-0 (1.000) 2-0 (1.000)
NBA Semis all 16-13 (.552) 29-0 (1.000)
NBA Semis H 11-10 (.524) 21-0 (1.000)
NBA Semis V 5-3 (.625) 8-0 (1.000)
NBA Qtrs all 25-19 (.568) 44-0 (1.000)
NBA Qtrs H 20-17 (.541) 37-0 (1.000)
NBA Qtrs V 5-2 (.714) 7-0 (1.000)
NBA Prelim all 21-12 (.636) 33-0 (1.000)
NBA Prelim H 20-12 (.625) 32-0 (1.000)
NBA Prelim V 1-0 (1.000) 1-0 (1.000)
NHL all all 113-69 (.621) 178-4 (.978)
NHL all H 85-51 (.625) 133-3 (.978)
NHL all V 28-18 (.609) 45-1 (.978)
NHL Finals all 20-7 (.741) 26-1 (.963)
NHL Finals H 13-4 (.765) 17-0 (1.000)
NHL Finals V 7-3 (.700) 9-1 (.900)
NHL Semis all 25-18 (.581) 43-0 (1.000)
NHL Semis H 19-13 (.594) 32-0 (1.000)
NHL Semis V 6-5 (.545) 11-0 (1.000)
NHL Qtrs all 40-24 (.625) 62-2 (.969)
NHL Qtrs H 33-18 (.647) 49-2 (.961)
NHL Qtrs V 7-6 (.538) 13-0 (1.000)
NHL Prelim all 28-20 (.583) 47-1 (.979)
NHL Prelim H 20-16 (.556) 35-1 (.972)
NHL Prelim V 8-4 (.667) 12-0 (1.000)