Making its long-awaited return from the 2020-21 NBA season, the “5 Stats to Know” article will be returning for the post-All-Star Break NBA season. The DFS articles will come every day, Monday through Friday, provided by yours truly, to help you gain a quantitative edge on the rest of the field when identifying core plays.

The format of this article is simple. I will provide five stats that stuck out to me when diving into the day’s NBA slate. These could be derived from FTN’s suite of tools (Advanced DvPNBA On/Off Splits) or from the NBA’s extensive library of statistics.


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Kyle Kuzma, PF, Washington Wizards (vs. DET)

Since the trade deadline, Kyle Kuzma has averaged 23.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game

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Kuzma has seen a 22.8-touch-per-game increase (52.5 to 75.3) compared to his pre-deadline numbers and the results speak for themselves. His usage rate has climbed from 22.4% prior to the deadline to a team-leading 28.0% since, as he’s operated as a legitimate star in the limited sample size. In a favorable matchup against the Pistons, Kuzma should be primed for a productive outing once again and should come in as one of the lower-owned options in his price range.

LaMarcus Aldridge, C, Brooklyn Nets (@ TOR)

With Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond of the floor this season, Aldridge leads the team with a 29.0% usage rate

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Aldrige has turned the clock back with his play in this scenario, averaging an elite 1.28 DraftKings points per minute accompanied by a 13.7% rebounding rate. While he’s not going to log starters’ minutes, Aldridge’s per-minute production over a per-36-minute sample size shows just how good he’s been, averaging 24.21 points, 9.61 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per-36-minutes in this scenario. With Drummond questionable, Aldridge could be thrust into a massive role. For only $4,500 on DraftKings, there’s the potential for him to be the best value play on the slate.

Luka Doncic, PG, Dallas Mavericks (@ LAL)

The Los Angeles Lakers rank 21st or worst against five of the six player traits that Luka Doncic has assigned to him per FTNDaily’s advanced DvP.