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The Phoenix Suns talked all season about earning respect.

They sure aren’t getting any when it comes having their regular-season games nationally televised as part of the 2019-20 NBA season resumption in Orlando.

Out of the 22 teams participating in the NBA restart, Phoenix (26-39) and Washington (24-40) are the only two with just one game televised either on ABC, ESPN, TNT or NBATV.

The Suns are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Aug. 4 on NBATV.

Ironically, Phoenix and Washington open against each other July 31. The Wizards won the first matchup, 140-132, Nov. 27 in Phoenix.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) against the Washington Wizards in the first half on Nov. 27, 2019 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic)

Fox Sports Arizona networks will televise Phoenix’s first seven games, the Suns announced Friday. The Aug. 13-14 television schedule for each team’s final regular-season game is being determined.

All games will be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex inside Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Indiana (36-29), Orlando (30-35) and San Antonio (27-36) each have just two nationally televised games.

Conversely, the Los Angeles Lakers (49-14) and Los Angeles Clippers (44-20), the top two seeds in the Western Conference, will have their first seven games nationally televised.

Then there’s the Pelicans (28-36), who despite having a losing record like the Suns, have six nationally-televised games scheduled that includes the restart opener July 30 against Utah.

Call it the Zion effect — as in No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.

The Suns are six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot held by Memphis, but just 2 1/2 out of the ninth spot New Orleans, Sacramento and San Antonio consume.

The ninth-place team can force a play-in tournament if it’s within four games of the eighth-place team after the eight “seeding” games. The ninth-place team must then go 2-0 against the No. 8 team in the play-in to make the playoffs.

One play-in loss and the ninth-place team would be eliminated from playoff contention.

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of national TV games:

  • 7 – Lakers, Clippers,
  • 6 – Bucks, Celtics, Rockets, Pelicans
  • 5 – Raptors, Nuggets, Jazz, Blazers
  • 4 – Heat, Thunder, Mavericks, 76ers, Grizzlies,
  • 3 – Nets, Kings
  • 2 – Pacers, Spurs, Magic
  • 1 – Suns, Wizards

Here’s the complete national television schedule:

July 30 – Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 6:30 p.m. (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9 p.m. (TNT).

July 31 – Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 4 p.m. (NBATV), Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN), Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks (ESPN), 9 p.m.

Aug. 1 – Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets, 1 p.m. (ESPN), Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN), New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN), 6 p.m., Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN).

Aug. 2 – Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics, 3:30 p.m. (ABC), Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic, 6 p.m. (NBATV), Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets, 8:30 p.m. (ABC).

Aug. 3 – Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat, 1:30 p.m. (NBATV), Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 p.m. (NBATV), Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans 6:30 p.m. (ESPN), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. (ESPN).

Aug. 4 – Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1:30 p.m. (NBATV), Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 p.m. (NBATV), Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m. (TNT), Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. (TNT).

Aug. 5 – Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, 4 p.m. (NBATV), Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN), Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 6 – New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, 1:30 p.m. (NBATV), Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 4 p.m. (TNT), Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets, 9 p.m. (TNT).

Aug. 7 – Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m. (NBATV), Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. (TNT), Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors, 9 p.m. (TNT).

Aug. 8 – Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 1 p.m. (TNT), Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, 3:30 p.m. (TNT), Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m. (TNT). Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN).

Aug. 9 – San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 3 p.m. (ABC), Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 6:30 p.m. (NBATV), Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9 p.m. (NBATV).

Aug. 10 – Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz, 3 p.m. (NBATV), Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN), Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9 p.m. (TNT).

Aug. 11 – Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 2 p.m. (NBATV), Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies 6:30 p.m. (TNT), New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m. (TNT).

Aug. 12 – Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets, 4 p.m. (NBATV), Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers 6:30 p.m. (ESPN), Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m. (ESPN).

Aug. 13 – TV games TBD.

Aug. 14 – TV games TBD.

Have opinion about current state of the Suns? Reach Suns Insider Duane Rankin at dmrankin@gannett.com or contact him at 480-787-1240. Follow him on Twitter at @DuaneRankin.

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