By the numbers: Historical trends in NBA playoff history

NBA.com Global on Apr 21, 2018 07:49 AM
By the numbers: Historical trends in NBA playoff history
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 2: Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers exchange greetings with Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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All-Time history of best-of-seven series in NBA playoffs

Below are statistics about the history best-of-seven series in the NBA Playoffs. The statistics are through the 2017 Playoffs.

• Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 76.6% of the time (393-120).

• Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series at home go on to win the series 85.4% of the time (321-55).

• Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series on the road go on to win the series 52.6% of the time (72-65).

• Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 93.5% of the time (273-19).

• Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home go on to win the series 94.0% of the time (236-15).

• Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series on the road go on to win the series 84.0% of the time (21-4).

• Teams that win Game 3 of a 1-1 best-of-seven series go on to win the series 73.3% of the time (162-59).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 2-1 go on to win the series 79.8% of the time (308-78).

• Teams that win the first three games of a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 100% of the time (127-0).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-1 go on to win the series 95.4% of the time (226-11).

• Teams that win Game 5 of a 2-2 best-of-seven series go on to win the series 82.8% of the time (164-34).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-2 go on to win the series 84.8% of the time (251-45).

History of best-of-seven series in NBA playoffs (since 1984)

Below are statistics about the history of best-of-seven series since the 16-team playoff format began in 1984. The statistics are through the 2017 Playoffs.

• Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 76.8% of the time (275-83).

• Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series at home go on to win the series 86.0% of the time (228-37)

• Teams that win the first game of a best-of-seven series on the road go on to win the series 50.5% of the time (47-46).

• Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 93.1% of the time (201-15).

• Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series at home go on to win the series 93.9% of the time (184-12).

• Teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series on the road go on to win the series 85.0% of the time (17-3).

• Teams that win Game 3 of a 1-1 best-of-seven series go on to win the series 71.8% of the time (102-40).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 2-1 go on to win the series 79.2% of the time (210-55).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-0 have gone on to win the series 100% of the time (93-0).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-1 go on to win the series 95.6% of the time (152-7).

• Teams that win Game 5 of a 2-2 best-of-seven series go on to win the series 84.1% of the time (116-22).

• Teams that lead a best-of-seven series 3-2 go on to win the series 85.6% of the time (172-29).

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