The NBA is doing everything possible to have Zion Williamson, Pelicans in playoffs

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Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA has finally released the schedule for its plan to finish out the season in Orlando. Each organization will play eight games before the postseason, with 13 teams from the Western Conference and just nine from the East. Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will be at the forefront of the resumption.

Among those teams in a heavily competitive West is the New Orleans Pelicans, who were just starting to heat up when the season was postponed in early March due to COVID-19. With the return of Zion Williamson, NOLA instantly became an intriguing team to watch.

Based on the current format, there will be a play-in tournament where the ninth seed in it’s respective conference will have a chance to beat the eighth place team in a two-game series if they’re within four games of the eight seed.

As of right now, both the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans are just 3.5 games behind the final playoff spot, which is currently held by Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Taking all of that into consideration, let’s look at the potential intriguing outcomes that result from the Pelicans being in playoff contention.