May 12, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) looks for the ball during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A Game 7 in any sport is one of the most exciting things in sports. A winner-take-all contest that isn’t guaranteed to happen when the series starts.

There was something in the water in the NBA and NHL as there are a record seven Game 7’s being played this weekend. A total of five Stanley Cup Playoff series are going the full seven games, with three played on Saturday and two on Sunday, while two NBA series are playing Game 7 on Sunday.

The city of Dallas will be especially excited on Sunday. While both the Mavericks and the Stars are playing away, they are both in a win or go home scenario Sunday night. According to Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN, Dallas will become the first city to have multiple teams play in a Game 7 on the same day.

Unfortunately, for fans of both teams, the Mavericks and the Stars are going to be overlapping each other a little bit. The 4-seed Mavericks are taking on the top seeded Phoenix Suns at 7:00 CT while the 4-seed Stars face the 1-seed Calgary Flames at 8:30 CT.

The various scenarios that had to happen for a city to have both teams play in Game 7 on the same day makes this an incredibly rare possibility and it’ll probably be a long time until we see this again. For one thing, this can only happen in the NBA and NHL as they have their playoffs at the same time. Next, you need a city that has teams in both sports which narrows it down to 12 cities. Then, those teams have to be good enough to make the playoffs in each sport and get to a Game 7. And then because the NBA and NHL team typically play in the same arena, they likely cannot both be the home team as it would be logistically difficult to transform the arena from one sport to the other on the same day.

For the city of Dallas, everything fell perfectly and those fans will have a colossal Game 7 experience Sunday night.


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