By the time the season was closed, the New Orleans Pelicans had a record of 28-36, ranked 9 and the final Playofs in the West 3.5 matches (belongs to Memphis Grizzlies). Williamson, after about 10 matches, was able to play better and more effectively.
In theory, Zion and Pelicans can completely catch Grizzlies because according to ESPN’s in-depth statistics, New Orleans is the team with the easiest schedule (calculated on the original regular regular season with 82 matches). However, everything had to be temporarily closed.
Now that the Pelicans have been chosen to go to Orlando and the schedule has been officially announced, many people think that the NBA is favoring Zion Williamson and his teammates.
They will have 8 relatively light matches when only facing Jazz and LA Clippers are the two front opponents in the first 2 matches, the remaining 6 matches against Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards, Spurs, Kings and Magic, all are teams with a win rate of less than 50%.
Compared to other teams, the Pelicans have a lighter schedule and a clearer chance of getting closer to 8th place.
To overcome the Memphis Grizzlies is not easy, but reaching a safe area with a gap of less than 4.0 games will be quite easy for New Orleans, which helps them have two rounds of self-determination with opponents to take the final Playoffs.
It is true that Zion Williamson will be in the Playoffs round for the NBA, but the Pelicans have the same advantage in Orlando as they would have been in the Regular Season if the season were not delayed.
To maintain fairness for New Orleans, the NBA has arranged the Seeding Games schedule as above to preserve the advantage for Zion and his teammates.
So the answer to the question of whether NBA favor New Orleans Pelicans would be no.