Does Bright Data compress the requests before sending them to the target site?

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No. The request will be sent as you specified it.
Example:
Make a request to lumtest.com/echo.json - it will show you the headers it received.
You will see it's not changed.
HTTP:

curl -H "accept-encoding: deflate" --proxy zproxy.lum-superproxy.io:22225 --proxy-user lum-customer-xxx-zone-gen:xxx "http://lumtest.com/echo.json"
{"ip":"182.56.199.157","country":"IN","geoip":2232796061,"geo":{"city":"","region":"","postal_code":"","latitude":20,"longitude":77},"method":"GET","httpVersion":"1.1","url":"/echo.json","headers":{"host":"lumtest.com","x-real-ip":"182.56.199.157","x-forwarded-for":"182.56.199.157","x-forwarded-proto":"https","x-forwarded-host":"lumtest.com","user-agent":"curl/7.46.0","accept":"*/*","accept-encoding":"deflate"}}

HTTPS:

curl -H "accept-encoding: deflate" --proxy zproxy.lum-superproxy.io:22225 --proxy-user lum-customer-xxx-zone-gen:xxx "https://lumtest.com/echo.json"
{"ip":"82.80.37.34","country":"IL","geoip":674550570,"geo":{"city":"","region":"","postal_code":"","latitude":31.5,"longitude":34.75},"method":"GET","httpVersion":"1.1","url":"/echo.json","headers":{"host":"lumtest.com","x-real-ip":"82.80.37.34","x-forwarded-for":"82.80.37.34","x-forwarded-proto":"http","x-forwarded-host":"lumtest.com","accept":"*/*","user-agent":"curl/7.46.0","accept-encoding":"deflate"}}
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